Universal Periodic Review

Side event at the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council, credit: Right Livelihood.
2013 Laureate Denis Mukwege speaking at an event during Almedalsveckan in Sweden, credit: Right Livelihood.

We help change-makers advance their demands by encouraging their involvement in the Universal Periodic Review process.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique mechanism aimed at improving the human rights situation of each of the 193 UN Member States. During the review, states assess a given country’s human rights record and make comments and recommendations for improvement. The human rights situation of all UN Member States is reviewed every 5 years. Forty-two states are reviewed each year during three Working Group sessions.

Throughout this review, we support Laureates‘ engagement with the UPR. We provide them with assistance in drafting and submitting reports to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and lobbying state delegations to raise specific recommendations to the state under review.

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UN Human Rights Council

Engagement with the UN Human Rights Council is central to our advocacy work. We provide change-makers with strategic advice, and we ensure they have the tools and resources to address the Council and report about their concerns.

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Special Procedures

We assist change-makers in addressing human rights violations and emergency situations. We regularly provide information to UN Special Procedures mandate holders, who monitor, report and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective.

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Treaty Bodies

We support Right Livelihood Laureates in accessing Treaty Bodies to advocate for the proper implementation of human rights treaties in their countries. We submit reports and facilitate change-makers' direct engagement with committee experts.

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